Blue Trees in Kenmore, Washington

It what is being described as a “socially driven” art project, artist Kondimipoulos and  team will be planting and painting 40 Jacquemontii Birch trees along the south side of the Burke-Gilman trail near NE Bothell Way and 80th Ave NE. The tree planting will occur Monday, April 9th and Tuesday April 10th.

Here is the explanation for the project from 4 culture, a King County Arts organization:

Why Blue Trees?
Every year the planet loses some 32 million acres of old growth forests, trees which by transforming
carbon dioxide into oxygen, literally help sustain life. Deforestation contributes to climate change. Trees
breathe for the planet and without them, appropriate conditions for human, animal and plant life may
not be sustained.

“Through my work I am striving to address global issues and provide a visual platform to
effect change. So many universal concerns seem larger than an individual’s power of influence
and I want to evoke in people the idea that we can all contribute to change in a positive way.”
‐ Konstantin Dimopoulos

Color is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time. Blue is a color
that is not naturally identified with trees and suggests that something unusual, something out of the
ordinary is happening. In nature, color is used both as a means of protection and as a mechanism to
attract. The Blue Trees is an attempt to elicit a similar response from viewers and inspire conversation
and action around deforestation issues.

The project is supported in part by Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Curator PR, King County Wastewater
Treatment Division, and a generous private donation.
The Blue Trees is ultimately a world-wide effort. This installation extends and reinterprets the
original project launched in April 2011 at the Vancouver Biennale.

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4 Responses to Blue Trees in Kenmore, Washington

  1. Rob W says:

    So taxpayers get to foot a portion of the bill to paint trees blue? While burning fuel and disturbing sedimentation and erosion control AND wildlide…. All to make a statement!?!? King County Wastewater is a donor which means taxpayers who pay into a monopolistic government entity are paying for this. Wow!!! And this money could have gone to homeless shelters, school lunches for under priviliged kids, etc etc. If artists want to make a statement, they should get to pay for it.

  2. Mindy Rowse says:

    I’m shocked! we need to teach people (and learn ourselves) to respect nature, not deface it!

  3. Cindy P says:

    If those trees die or become sick due to this ridiculous stunt – then the “artist” should be hung. I use the term artist with extreme doubt. I agree with all the comments above – even if you wanted to cause the environment and trees – you could have planted more, you could have spent the time and energy NOT TO MENTION MONEY – caring for the trees – not defacing them.

  4. Dennis Hill says:

    I find it ironic that Kenmore was selected as the best place to bring attention to the plight of trees worldwide. Ironic because Kenmore is not designated an official Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation, like most of our neighbors, LFP, Bothell, Kirkland, Woodinville and more.

    While we can do little to effect change worldwide, we can make a noticeable difference here at home. Let’s make the effort to achieve Tree City designation. Go here for info on the program

    Tomorrow, April 13, the official Washington State Arbor Day. A great day to begin the project!